Why Christian Camping

A Solid Spiritual Foundation – From Impact 2818’s Executive Director:

A church camp, in partnership with your local church, is the best opportunity and most effective chance at helping your child make a lifetime commitment to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Impact 2818 camps build on a core value of church partnerships that help the significance of camp continue in each person’s discipleship journey after camp has ended and they return home.

In short, you have an eternally significant decision.

When you sign your children or family up for an experience like this, you will know that you are giving them something powerful; so much more than a trip to a theme park. These events change lives by building a faith foundation that helps campers to shape their faith, identity, and worth around Christ. This builds a character that helps them uncover the potential God created in them.

We hope that you’ll take the time to prayerfully consider the value, impact, and weight of this opportunity. We look forward to seeing you this year!

Nick Yarde
Executive Director.

 

Helping To Raise Up Adults

Camp is more than fun, games, friendship and adventures. It’s a deep personal experience where a group of young people build into community, grow together, and learn together. Through these times, our goal is to help them discover who God has designed each of us to uniquely become within this world in which we live.

Spiritual Development

During your child’s experience at camp, the most important activities we engage in are the discipleship pathway. In age-appropriate times and methods, through worship services as a whole camp, in small family group discussions, and at devotions, your camper will:

  • Explore the foundational question of God’s love and pursuit of all people made real through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior
  • Dig into spiritual disciplines that help us to focus on ways to learn about and live in the teaching of Christ as seen in scripture
  • Discover ways to be a reflection of hope, mercy, and peace to everyone in our communities, especially those who are less fortunate or who need our care and protection
  • Reflect upon their unique spiritual gifts and life calling to share Christ in this world

Character Development

Every activity at camp has significance and value in helping your child discover their identity in Christ. Meals are served family style to model manners, dinner time discussions, and healthy living. Activities like tag and paintball teach integrity, honesty, and sportsmanship. Crafts tell stories and teach life lessons found in scripture. Challenge by Choice adventures like ropes courses encourage campers to overcome trials, celebrate victories, and to encourage others.

At Impact 2818’s camps, we see the entire experience as an opportunity to encounter God who is still relevant in their lives and everyday moments.

Personal Responsibility

Our team of counselors will help to provide age-appropriate support as needed for camper hygiene and personal care. Campers also take responsibility for their belongings and learn how to be responsible for their words and actions at camp and home.

Challenge by Choice

Our “Challenge by Choice” approach encourages campers to experience adventure and obstacles that will put them outside of their comfort zones. This helps them discover how to persevere, overcome, encourage others and work in teams. These moments help them continue to seek out the positive challenges that will shape their lives.

Safety: Important to You and Us

Spiritual Safety

At our camps, an individual will never be or made to feel forced, coerced, or like an outsider based upon his/her beliefs.

We keep spiritual components simple to accommodate beliefs and values across the Christian spectrum. We will not baptize, require communion, or teach on speaking in tongues. As a ministry of the United Methodist Church, we uphold their practices, while recognizing and valuing that different denominations and churches have different concepts of what is right and beneficial. Those experiences and beliefs are best unpacked in a local church in deep relationship with your family.

In short, we “major on the majors and minor on the minors;” we focus on the things that unite Christians, not divide them.

Emotional Safety

No child should ever feel unsafe expressing or being themselves in appropriate ways, especially not while in a safe and inclusive environment like our camps. Our team has diligently chased out unacceptable interactions like hazing, bullying, threats, cliques, favoritism, and mockery.
Counselors will stand up for your child. It is our greatest joy to live out the gospel as we create environments where all are embraced and valued as children of God.

Physical Safety

All of our counselors are properly trained and prepared. The adventure features (waterfront, ropes courses, etc.) are effectively staffed and diligently checked to rigorous standards. Camp medics, along with all of our staff, are well prepared for everything from bumps and bruises to unexpected situations.

The welfare of our campers and guests is our utmost priority. Every staff and adult volunteer is screened through the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Area Records Criminal Background Check.

All Impact 2818 staff are CPR and First Aid Certified. Any medical treatment of campers is performed in accordance with our First Aid Protocol & Procedure book.

The Value Of Camp

Like so many families, you may be balancing tight activity budgets for your children: sports clubs, lessons, youth groups, vacations, and more. As you ponder church camp, consider that the experience you are looking at is something very different.

Making time and a commitment to attend church camp and be involved in a local church is about setting a priority for the faith development of your child, strengthening their spiritual identity, and helping them learn to be a Christian leader who stands for what is right in their world.

At Impact 2818, we work diligently to be good stewards of the money you spend on and give to camp. Our staff compare the registration fees of other camps and set our rates to a median range in order to maintain critical standards and quality points essential to giving your family the highest safety, best experience, and the great value our guests expect.

Connected with Churches

This is a place that encourages church leaders to attend camp with students. What better way to know that your students are in the right place than when you can know the leaders who are helping to plan it. A shared experience is more meaningful and powerful. When churches send their students to the same event, a common bond is developed as they all begin to understand what happened in the lives of each other strengthening the experience’s impact.

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